Video Games: Friend or Foe?
It seemed innocent enough when my husband first announced to the kids, “let’s look at Nick Jr. on the computer.” But the ensuing addiction to the video games (albeit Blues Clues and Dora) has reached fever pitch for my 4 and almost 6 year old sons and has turned me into mean ol’ mama for having to say no to their requests, every. single. hour.
It probably doesn’t help that our computer armoire is just 5 feet from the dining room table and they see me checking email constantly throughout the day. While logically I equate both computer and television as screen time to be limited, I’ve realized that I’m more leery of video games because I’m projecting 10 years down the road when I imagine the games of steeling cars and shooting bad guys. Maybe I think I can prevent that by pretending that video games don't even exist! Do you let your kids play video games? What parameters do you put around them? How do you ensure they are age appropriate?